IN A thrilling jump-off against the clock, Cian O'Connor clinched
the Nations Cup for Ireland at Poznan, Poland this afternoon (Friday).
Ireland and Denmark had tied on eight faults apiece at the end of two
gruelling rounds, featuring a total of 14 teams, and Team Manager
Robert Splaine selected the 27 year-old Meath-based rider to jump off
for Ireland against Denmark's Tina Lund.
O'Connor, riding his new 10 year-old chestnut gelding
lowered just one pole in the ultimate round, while Denmark's Lund
accumulated five faults against O'Connor's four, giving Ireland the
Nations' Cup prize by one point.
O'Connor and team-mates Ryan Crumley, Comdt. Gerry Flynn and Capt.
Shane Carey were equal first with Denmark at the half-way stage in
Poznan, each team with a fault-free total. But both Flynn and Crumley
incurred four faults in the second round, which left O'Connor with
the only double clear on the team, and the obvious choice to take
part in the jump-off.
Today's win increases Ireland's lead in the Nations Cup League to 40
points, with Italy now on 29.5 points and Denmark on 29.
SHOW JUMPING RESULTS; CSIO4* POZNAN POLAND 7-10 JUNE 2007
1) IRELAND 8 faults (title won in jump-off)
Killossery; Capt. Shane Carey 1/-
Baltimore; Ryan Crumley 0.00/4.00
Complete; Cian O'Connor 0.00/0.00
Mo Chroi; Comdt. Gerry Flynn 0.00/4.00
2) DENMARK 8 faults
3) NORWAY 16 faults
4) ITALY 18 faults
5) SWEDEN 25 faults
6) FRANCE 29 faults
7) SWITZERLAND 33 faults
8) POLAND 34 faults
14 nations competed